The most in-demand jobs in Australia

Whether you are planning to go to Australia or if you are already in the country, this article is a great tool to get to know the most in-demand jobs in Australia nowadays and eventually make your professional plans more effectively.

According to the Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business, the labour market conditions are strong, especially for young people, being employed by the Retail Trade, Accommodation & Food Services and Construction industries. However, the Health Care and Social Assistance sector are the main drivers impulsing its growth.

Even though the labour market in Australia is strong and the future perspective is positive, we have to be realistic for the international students and workers that are looking for good opportunities.
The real deal of the Australian experience should not only be considered in terms of work, but there are many other important factors to consider, like leaving your comfort zone and reinvent yourself, meet new cultures and people, mature, the list goes on…

Conquering a qualified job can be hard, but it’s not impossible.
Every year the Australian Government publishes lists of professions in high demand in Australia, a useful source to check if your profession is in demand or establish new paths for your career if you would like to stay in the country for longer.
You can consult the complete Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) here.

Top 4 in-demand jobs and Industries in Australia

1. Health Care

The largest and fastest growing industry in Australia employed more than 1.6 million people in 2017. Due to the ageing of the Australian population, an increase of health awareness and the National Disability Insurance Scheme implementation, this area is expected to be the strongest in the country till 2022.
There is a high demand for health care professionals, especially in regional areas. They are:

  • General practitioner or GP (doctor)
  • Registered nurse
  • Aged and disabled carer
  • Childcarer

Those kinds of professions require a lot to start working. You will need a validated university degree or recognized qualification, a high level of English, good interpersonal skills and be flexible about working hours. Doctors in Australia are very well paid and almost all specialties are on the skilled lists. If you want to validate your profession, consider that it is a detailed and demanding process.

2. Construction

The sector that employs over 1.1 million people (2017) is continuously growing. The professions related are:

  • Engineer
  • Architect
  • Project Manager

Australia demands a variety of types of engineers, including aeronautical, agricultural, aircraft maintenance, biomedical, building and civil, chemical, computer, electrical, electronic, environmental, mechanical, mining and more.
Australia also needs architects, a good opportunity for students with degree and complementary courses required by the sector.

3. Education

Another sector that employs more than 1 million people (2017) in Australia, Education professionals have both national and regional possibilities of work in the country. The professions in high demand are:

  • Primary School teacher
  • Secondary School teacher
  • Middle School teacher
  • Early Childhood teacher
  • Child Care worker and manager

In this field, the workforce is highly educated and university education is often required. Leadership skills and experience are very valued and can be a great differentiation amongst other candidates.
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages is also on the skilled list, a good opportunity for international students that are interested in doing teachers training courses.

4. Technology

The global technological development is increasingly impacting the market, which means it needs tech-based professionals to continue growing. The main professions are:

  • Software and Applications Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Analyst Programmer
  • ICT workers

This is a wide area with many types of specialists. In general, most of them present good average base salaries.

Besides those areas, other professions in high demand are also indicated in the Skilled visa list:

  • Chef
  • Cook and Pastry Cook
  • Cafe or Restaurant manager
  • Dentist
  • Psychologist

The Hospitality industry is very strong in Australia due to a huge quantity of restaurants and cafes around, which means there are plenty of job opportunities in this area.

As you can see, Australia is a country with great working opportunities around, and growing 🙂

If you are planning to study and live in Australia, but is not sure which course to choose, get in contact with us at and visit our website for more information.

In our last posts, you can also check more info about Study English in Australia, Types of Visas to go to Australia or Top best cities city to study in Australia.

We see you in Australia, mate!

Georgia Carajeleascov

A nature lover and curious at heart always looking for the next trip and cultures to see. A marketing specialist with digital and strategy skills, helping brands to develop their soul and presence.

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